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Coping with hearing loss in a hearing world

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Equipment and Products

There is now a comprehensive range of equipment available to help those with hearing loss ... hearing aids, cochlear implants, telephones, personal loops, streamers, doorbells, fire alarms, baby alarms, etc. 

If you think you have hearing loss, you can take a free hearing test (for example, on the Action on Hearing Loss website) but the first port of call should be your local GP who will refer you to your local NHS hospital or hearing clinic.  You may be entitled to free hearing aids from the NHS (or Any Qualified Provider, a list of organisations provided by your GP).  We also recommend contacting your local Disability Team (usually via Social Services at your local Council) who may be able to visit you at home to carry out a free assessment and provide you with free equipment. 

There are thousands of private providers out there who want to sell to you!  We advise caveat emptor (buyer beware) and always to do your research before parting with any hard-earned cash.   This page lists the most well-known suppliers of equipment - we do not endorse any company and recommend you use organisations which provide equipment for you to test at home before making a final decision, allowing you to return equipment which is unsuitable.   

There is a huge amount of information already out there to help you and we are constantly updating our list to bring you links to the latest information, equipment and news about all things hard of hearing (HoH). We hope you find the Directory useful and if you have any useful links that you'd like us to add, please contact us.

Name of organisation (Click to open in new window) Overview
Action on Hearing Loss Equipment for people with hearing loss
Boogie Boards LCD e-writer for easy communication, writing notes, etc. (alternative to writing on paper, memo pads, sticky notes etc)
Bradley Watch Wristwatch for visually impaired and deafblind people
Connevans Equipment for people with hearing loss
Current Thinking Manufacturer and installer of hearing loop equipment for business premises
Ear Gear To protect hearing equipment from sweat, moisture, dirt and loss

Etymotic

Custom high-fidelity earplugs for musicians and concert-goers
Google glass Wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display showing visual and written information including subtitles
Gordon Morris Hearing Specialist
Hearing Direct The world's largest online hearing experts and supplier of assistive listening devices (ALDs) for deaf and hard-of-hearing
LimitEar Technology for headphone wearers which automatically calculates noise levels and adjusts volume to avoid noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus
Lightwriter High quality text-to-speech device
Ownphones 3-D printed wireless ear buds customised to your own ears
Pebble Smartwatch Watch and alarm clock linked to Android or iOS mobile phones, vibrates when receiving all texts, alerts, emails and app notifications
Phonak Easycall Wireless accessory which connects any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to Phonak wireless hearing aids
Private hearing aid specialists and providers The number of hearing aid providers in the UK is extensive. We recommend that you check any audiologist or private provider is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council before purchasing equipment or services
Rogerpen Cutting-edge wireless microphone for use as standalone microphone, Bluetooth for mobile phones and for listening to TV and multimedia
SleepPhones The world's most comfortable headphones for sleeping. Contains thin, removable speakers to listen to music, white noise, audio books, meditation - particularly good for tinnitus sufferers
Sarabec Providers of equipment for people with hearing loss
Ubiduo Wireless communication device facilitating face-to-face communication between deaf/hard-of-hearing and hearing people